Formula E Change. Accelerated. Accelerating sustainable human progress through the power of electric racing

Over the last seven years, the ABB FIA Formula World Championship has developed into the pinnacle of electric motor racing and sits at the intersection of technology, high performance and sustainability. And this is only the beginning.

After starting as nothing more than a collection of notes on a napkin for an all-electric street racing series, Formula E has become the world’s most progressive sport driving electric vehicles to the fore in the race for a better, cleaner future.

Hear from some of the world’s best racing drivers, brands and industry pioneers on how racing through the streets of the most iconic cities in the world is leading the way in using sport to deliver a future we can embrace.

Whether it is developing the battery technology used in road-vehicles around the world, shining a light on environmental issues we must address, ensuring all walks of life are given equal opportunities or partnering with global organisations to inspire change, Formula E remains the planet’s favourite sport.

This unique, interactive session will provide insight and opportunity to engage with the key stakeholders at the forefront of a new approach to sport and fan engagement.


Not without us! – Pathways to a gender just transition

List of speakers:
– Ndivile Mokoena, Gender CC Southern Africa
– Dunja Krause, UNRISD
– Melissa Moreano, Critical Geography Collective,
Ecuador (facilitator)
– Representative from South Asia

This event will debate the interlinkages between gender justice and just transition. How do lived experiences differ for women when it comes to the impacts of the climate crises and how do they deal with it? How can the coping mechanism developed by women in different sectors influence the just transition debates? Are current just transition debates taking into account care work and gender segregation in the labour market? And what would a gender just transition look like?

Just Transition is not only about the transfer of the energy sector to a fossil-free power production, it’s a just transition to a new form of society. Based on examples from Latin and Northern America, Africa and Asia, we will
delve into a debate about what kinds of just transitions hold the potential to achieve a social-ecological transformation and why changing the value of different kinds of work and sectors might be necessary in order to achieve low-carbon sustainable development. The examples will be illustrated by short film clips of local
stories from different regions.

This session will advance the understanding of the potential of a gender just transition and how it could lead to a higher level policy change and climate justice.


Feature Film: ‘The Salt In Our Waters’, an epic tale from Bangladesh’s climate frontlines – Certificate 15

Made with support from Director Spike Lee, ‘The Salt in Our Waters’ portrays an epic clash‐of cultures in a remote seaside village of Bangladesh, with the elemental conflict of land and sea, man and nature, serving as an interactive backdrop. What shines through the centre is filmmaker Rezwan Shahriar Sumit’s fascination with the bravery and devotion of the local Hilsha fishers. They are a people plagued by climate disruption, but not defined by it. The filmmaker invites everyone to experience the rich social diversity and cultural subtleties of their world rarely seen on the big screen.

The film features stunning monsoon visuals shot by Chananun Chotrungroj, a Spirit Award nominated Thai cinematographer. The film was edited by Academy Member Kristan Sprague whose latest film JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH was nominated for six Oscars,
including Best Picture.

After the screening, please join Sumit and his team for a LIVE discussion about the latest tragedy unfolding in the fishing village.

Sight & Sound

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For more information, please visit: saltwatersfilm.com


Climate justice, education and gender equality: targeting the connections

Failing to recognise and address the links between climate change, girls’ education and gender equality undermines both the Paris Agreement and the right to education for millions of students.

We know that many of the root causes of climate change contribute to gender inequality which can lead to girls being out of school – this year alone, at least four million girls won’t complete their education due to climate-related crises (Malala Fund). Gender inequality also blocks girls from equal access to quality climate education, green jobs, leadership opportunities etc.

Through the Declaration on Children, Youth and Climate Action (2019), the MOCK COP26 Treaty (2020), youth activists have made it clear that education plays a critical role during climate disasters and displacement. It is also one of the most effective solutions we have to the climate crisis. Existing research reveals that every additional year of schooling for girls leads to significant improvements in a country’s resilience to climate-related disasters.

Yet existing commitments on climate education fall far short on delivering quality climate education – curricula are outdated and girls being left behind. In a recent survey, 82% didn’t know where to find information on the Paris Agreement and only 16% had learned about the gendered impacts of climate change (Plan International).

COP26 is a critical opportunity for world leaders to work in partnership with youth and youth-led organizations to target the connections, particularly through the review and enhancement of the Doha Work Programme on Action for Climate Empowerment.

Targeting the Connections will bring together youth activists with world leaders, experts and artists to share experiences, priorities and solutions for building a greener, fairer future. Invited speakers include UNFCCC Executive Director Patricia Espinosa, Malala Yousafzai and Vanessa Nakate.

This event is hosted by Malala Fund, Plan International, Transform Education, UNGEI, UNICEF, YOUNGO and others.


Climate and the Deep Sea World: Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Global Efforts – A Visual Journey and Panel

The backdrop of legends and movies, the deep sea has always been unfathomable because we had no idea what existed there. Once thought to be barren of life, we now know this couldn’t be further from the truth. Life exists under extreme conditions at these depths and with every deep-sea expedition we gain a greater understanding of the crucial services it provides our planet. Although seemingly remote, the deep sea plays a key role in our climate. Better understanding of remote and deep-sea biodiversity, offers insight into how these systems both influence the climate and are, in turn, influenced by climate change. These insights are made with the help of new technologies such as Schmidt Ocean Institute’s 4,500 meter capable underwater robot, ROV SuBastian. This two hour event will feature exclusive, award-winning, video content from deep sea waters showcasing new species and underwater features with interviews from scientists around the world discussing the impact of climate change on these fragile ecosystems. Footage will be shared from the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea Marine Parks in Australia, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati, the Mariana Trench in Guam, submarine volcanoes of Tonga, hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California – Mexico, and white shark feeding grounds in the high seas. The film will be followed by a panel centered on climate impacts in the deep sea and how we can better understand and mitigate this in order to improve the overall health of our planet. The panel will include Ocean experts focused on high seas, biodiversity and seabed mapping.


ACE and the Clean Energy Transition

Efforts to embed the environmental democracy principles of open government, citizen participation, and access to justice principles in environmental governance – have been ongoing since the 1992 Rio Summit. Yet the potential of these principles to enhance climate action has yet to be realised. Action on Climate Empowerment (ACE) and environmental democracy can strengthen the participation of citizens, local communities, women, and indigenous peoples in energy decision-making, creating powerful tools for convincing decision-makers to undertake ambitious, just clean energy objectives and orientate them to fulfil them with the widest societal ownership. Societal ownership can, in turn, facilitate the implementation of ambitious clean energy objectives and enhance legal certainty. The adoption of the Glasgow ACE Work Programme brings a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the clean energy transition.

WFD will convene a panel in collaboration with the World Resources Institute (WRI), International IDEA, Climate Action Network (CAN), E3G and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS) of the UK House of Commons to:

  • Provide views on how to ensure that climate empowerment is placed at the heart of national action plans on climate as a delivery mechanism of the Paris Agreement and its ‘ratchet mechanism’.
  • Highlight the role of Parliaments to serve as major hubs for innovative action for clean energy climate empowerment and demonstrate the example of the UK Climate Assembly in generating and integrating citizens’ views into policymaking as regards societal preferences for a zero-carbon energy mix.
  • Showcase examples of environmental democracy worldwide driving climate action including the transition to clean energy. (MPs from Costa Rica, Georgia, Pakistan).


Disability, Resilience and Inclusion in our Cities – inclusive design and community-led urban solutions for disability-inclusive climate resilience

This side event will set an agenda for the inclusive design of climate resilient cities.

Climate change and widening inequality driven by COVID-19 has highlighted the need to design cities that support and adapt to people’s diverse needs and are resilient in changing climates. More needs to be done to ensure persons with disabilities are not left behind in conversations on climate change. Why? 1 in 7 people on the planet are disabled and must be included as we prepare for rising tides and a warmer earth.

The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are bringing together a panel with unique expertise to discuss this challenge. Conversations will profile issues persons with disabilities currently face in low-resource urban areas and good practice on inclusion and sustainability. It will consider how inclusive design and innovation can advance climate resilience in cities and the rights of persons with disabilities.

Panellists include:

  • Iain McKinnon, Director of Inclusive Design, GDI Hub
  • Manoj Sharma, Chief of Urban Sector Group, ADB
  • Ibnu Sina, Mayor of Banjarmasin, Indonesia
  • Ahmad Rifai, Executive Director, Kota Kita Foundation
  • Asha Hans, gender, disability and climate change scholar

The panel will present cutting edge work by GDI Hub, ADB and international partners in Mongolia, India, Indonesia, and Sierra Leone.

The design and planning of urban built environments and infrastructure has a crucial role in achieving a more equitable and resilient future. Considering disability inclusion in the design of solutions will create opportunities for resilience and ensure marginalised groups are not left behind. Inclusive design must be sustainable, and sustainable design must be inclusive – for people and planet.

Join us to be part of the conversation.


The nexus between gender-based climate adaptation and localisation – Lessons from Indonesia

Climate change is a global issue, but its impacts manifest at local levels and are experienced differently according to social and economic factors, the burden of which is inequality distributed. To be equitable, sustainable and inclusive, climate change adaptation must be locally led and owned.

Giving local people the right resources, agency, information, tools, and capabilities enables them to use their unique indigenous knowledge of local conditions to prioritise and design adaptation solutions that best suit their unique circumstances.

During this event, arranged by Islamic Relief Indonesia in collaboration with KONSEPSI, we will hear from communities struggling with the climate crisis and share examples of local adaptation practices from communities in Lombok, such as the use of indigenous knowledge to understand weather and climate patterns to make decisions about crops and farming practices.

A panel of experts, including representatives from local government and civil society organisations will provide insights into the challenges and opportunities in climate change mitigation and inclusive adaptation in local contexts. Drawing upon lessons learned from the province of West Nusa Tenggara, the panel will also discuss measures to mainstream gender-based climate change adaptation into local planning and budgeting as well as Indonesia’s progress on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation through Low Carbon Development and Climate Resilience Strategy.

The event will also share Islamic Relief Indonesia and KONSPSI’s experiences and lessons learned on gender-based climate change adaptation initiatives including learnings from the implementation of gender-based climate adaptation field schools in 3 targeted communities of rain-fed agriculture, salt production, and lobsters cultivation.


1. Ela Nurhayati (Senior Climate Change Adaptation Officer, Islamic Relief Indonesia)

2. Dr Mohamad Taqiuddin (Director, KONSEPSI)

1. Shahin Ashraf (Head of Global Advocacy, Islamic Relief Worldwide)


Generation Rebellion: the power of intergenerational activism. A film screening and workshop with East London women

Generation Rebellion is an intergenerational exploration of climate activism.

“I would like to tell all the young people: have hope!” (Older participant)

Join us to explore how it feels to be an activist and what it means to take action. Navigate the everyday feelings and challenges of climate activism and encounter fresh perspectives with a dynamic, intergenerational group of female panellists and creators.

For those wondering what happens when you run out of ideas – a dose of encouragement

For those feeling weighed down – an injection of energy

Since January 2020, Magic Me has worked with younger and older women from East London to explore what climate activism means to them. We now present an informal workshop, film screening and Q&A with the women aged 12 – 80+ behind the film.

Come along to meet the group via live video link and explore the challenges we face as climate activists of all ages. Take part in an activity and discussion facilitated by theatre-maker Sue Mayo and climate activist Maz Morris and help us in our quest to discover solutions, drawing wisdom from each other and from the wide-ranging perspectives of this group of women from East London. We aren’t experts, and we can’t solve this crisis alone, but we do know how important it is to work together!

Generation Rebellion is run by Magic Me; an arts charity uniting generations to build stronger communities by pioneering intergenerational arts practices that disrupt perceptions of ageing. Generation Rebellion is in partnership with Mulberry School for Girls, and builds on our long history of projects reflecting on women’s history, lives and futures.


African Women’s Grassroots Climate Action

This event represents a unique opportunity to engage directly with women on the “frontline” of the climate emergency in sub-Saharan Africa about their experience of the climate crisis and their leadership to help communities adapt. In 2019 CAMFED won a UN Global Climate Action Award at COP25 in recognition of African women’s remarkable climate action. For COP26 we are bringing together young African women, who are leading action for climate resilience and girls’ education in rural Africa, for an interactive roundtable.

Participants will share their personal insights of how the climate emergency is affecting their communities through unpredictable weather, reduced farming yields and hunger. They will explain how girls and women are particularly affected by climate change and the action they are taking as “Agriculture Guides” to help school children, “forgotten farmers” and community groups to build resilience. They will describe how their own education has been critical to enable their climate leadership, and how they are supporting the next generation of girls to go to school and succeed.

The event will be run as a hybrid live and virtual event and we will encourage wide engagement for questions and reflections. We anticipate this event will appeal to policymakers who wish to learn from women on the frontline of climate change. We also hope this will be an exciting opportunity for members of the public to participate in COP26, especially other women in rural Africa and young people worldwide.

Chair: Rt Hon Helen Grant, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education
Fiona Mavhinga, Executive Advisor, CAMFED Association
Forget Shareka, CAMFED Association member and Entrepreneur, Zimbabwe
Esnath Divasoni, Core Agriculture Trainer, CAMFED Zimbabwe
Harriet Cheelo, Climate-smart Agriculture Research Fellow, CAMFED Zambia
Catherine Boyce, Director of Enterprise Development, CAMFED International


Women leading: lessons from local action on gender and climate to inform international climate action.

This panel event from Climate Action Network Europe, CARE International and PACJA will share experiences of local to international action on gender and climate, including grassroots initiatives in areas such as agroecology and adaptation, and renewable energy. This will be followed by discussion on how this should inform the approach to the Gender Action Plan and Strategy at the UNFCCC, considering the UK COP26 Presidency’s commitments to advance gender, and through the UK’s and EU’s climate finance and development cooperation, and the new EU Africa Partnership Strategy.

With facilitation by CAN Europe and speakers including representatives from:

  • Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)
  • CARE International Southern Africa
  • European Commission
  • African government representatives
  • Other African CSOs


The role of gender equality in decarbonising transport

This event will highlight the linkages between gender equality, transport and climate change, and examine the role of women in decarbonising transport.
Speakers from national governments, including transport ministers, from international organisations, labour organisations, foundations and industry will share their commitments and goals in achieving gender equality through transport and climate measures. The event will also present initiatives and policies that capture the synergies between climate and gender equality goals in the transport sector.

Transport is not gender neutral. Women’s travel behaviour is often not taken into consideration in the design of infrastructure and services. Future low- or zero-carbon mobility options must recognise women’s needs to avoid further gender gaps. As women are exhibiting more sustainable travel behaviour than men, e.g. walking and using public transport more than driving, women are at the center of transforming transport. The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women. It has limited their mobility options and forced them to change their travel behaviour. But the global pandemic crisis has also created a window of opportunity for seeking more sustainable, inclusive and resilient models of economic growth and transport activity. A number of countries are developing sustainable recovery measures as a central part of stimulus packages and many of these also include sustainable transport.

Raised climate ambitions for transport are spawning new commitments and the development of recovery pathways. Women must be part of these discussions as main drivers of change. They must lead the way towards transport services that are attractive to women and in promoting a more gender-balanced transport workforce. Increasing the representation and visibility of women at all stages of transport policy, planning, implementation, and usage of transport projects will make transport more responsive to the needs of all users and increase the sustainability of transport development.
Discussion outputs of this event will contribute to the UNFCCC Marrakech Partnership Transport Action Event on 10 November 2021.


The Political Participation of Young Migrant Women in the Pursuit of Climate Justice

Why do young female migrants’ voices matter in the pursuit of climate resilience and adaptation? How can we encourage migrant women’s political participation and leadership? What tools are available for migrant women to meaningfully address broader frameworks of injustice in the struggle for climate justice?

Join a panel of young migrant women and members of RadicalGirlsss in a conversation on feminist political participation, the CEDAW convention and climate justice.

Featured panellists:
Alyssa Ahrabare (project officer of the European Network of Migrant Women and spokeswoman of Osez le féminisme)
Azura Farrell-McLeod (ecofeminist and charity administrator)
Natasha Noreen (feminist activist and sociology student)

Facilitated by Bec Wonders (researcher and artist)


“Into the Amazon” (Musical production)

Founder and trustee of the charitable trust “Indigenous People’s Cultural Support Trust” and internationally acclaimed virtuoso cellist and composer, Emily Burridge will perform her solo cello composition “Into the Amazon”.

With her extraordinary ability to incorporate looping technology whilst performing, she recreates her multi tracked compositions and accompanies her field recordings of the natural environment and traditional singing of the Xavante tribe of the Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Through the vehicle of this concert she aims to inspire both young and old alike as she transmits to the audience an experience of a day from dawn to dusk in an Indian village in the Amazon. Hailed as a spell binding performance. (“Into the Amazon” is twenty- five minutes long)

“Sisters in the Forest” is a new work and single release originally composed in response to the current plight of uncontacted tribes in the Amazon forest, Brazil. This composition is accompanied by stunning visual projections of tribal “sisters” by photographer Sue Cunningham and co-creator of the award winning book “Spirit of the Amazon” by Sue and Patrick Cunningham.

Reviews: In 2019 a reviewer wrote ‘Emily Burridge lifts the subtle art of cello to new dimensions with her inspirational, moody, soulful and joyous musicianship. This is cello to lift the spirit, harmonise with the emotions and take you on a journey’

Tribes Alive charitable trust

Emily Burridge website

“Into the Amazon” production on Emily’s website

“Into the Amazon” on Apple Music

“Into the Amazon” on Spotify


STEM for all and the climate crisis

How can STEM Women, Entrepreneurs and Youth Address the Global Climate Crisis?
The International Network of Women Engineers & Scientists (INWES) is collaborating with Scottish Engineering and other partners to create a gender-inclusive global conversation about the role of the young in STEM addressing climate change. This hybrid (online, onsite, offline) event is for the young, across countries and cultures. Entrepreneurship provides a way for younger people to lead mitigating actions. We will be taking questions and comments from the young and not so young around the world taking part in the event.

Speakers include:

  • Jayshree Seth, Corporate Scientist / Chief Science Advocate, 3M, USA.
    Time to STEM Scepticism! Hope for the future…
  • Mhairi McCann, Entrepreneur / Founder and CEO, Youth STEM 2030
    STEM and Entrepreneurship: How YOUth Can Change the World
  • Dillip Pattanaik, Computer Scientist /Executive Director, OSVAWA, India.
    Collaborative Action for Youth.
  • Susan Scurlock, Digital educator / CEO, Primary Engineer, United Kingdom.
    Creative climate change solutions from the very young
  • Evi Viza, Mechanical Engineer / Lecturer, University of West Scotland, with participation from Kenya and Uganda.
    Women and STEM in the Global South.
  • Jane Tapel, Agricultural Engineer / Director, Bureau of Agricultural & Fishery Engineering, Philippines.
    Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Solutions.
  • Rufina Dabo Sarr, Biologist / Associate Professor, Virtual University of Senegal.
    Solar Energy in our Kitchens.

A panel, led by Gail Mattson, Sustainability Engineer, Immediate Past President of INWES, will discuss engaging the young in STEM and the impact of climate change. Panellists include:

  • Sylvia Ortega-Azurduy, Social Scientist / Founder, Ayni, Bolivia and Netherlands.
  • Lorna Bennet, Marine Technologist / Project Engineer, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Scotland.
  • Ifey Kanu, Civil Engineer / Food Waste Entrepreneur, IntelliDigestScotland.
  • Belen Garcia de Pablos, Naval Architect / Chief Marketing Officer, Blue Ocean leading drivers (BOld), Spain.
  • Roseni Dearden, Software Engineer / Activist in INWES, Malaysia and United Kingdom.
  • and Mahashri Ranjith Kumar, Young Scientist / Summit Design Team Member, Youth STEM 2030, India.

Youth STEM 2030 will be providing more Voices of the Young through a vox-pop video, and the event is being facilitated by Sylvia Kegel, Telecomms Engineer / Entrepreneur, Ivatra Service GmbH/INWES, Germany, and Sarah Peers, Mathematician / Associate Professor, New Model Institute of Technology and Engineering, United Kingdom.

Young people and STEM women, join in the conversation:

  • What are you doing about climate change? What local projects and programmes would you like to share?
  • How does climate change impact you, your family, your community?
  • If you could tell decision-makers at COP26 one thing, what would this be?